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Harpokrates

Period:
Ptolemaic Period
Date:
1st century B.C. or earlier
Geography:
From Egypt, Memphite Region, Saqqara; includes the Serapeum, Sacred Animal Necropolis, Falcon Catacomb Gallery 6, niche 6a, EES
Medium:
Leaded bronze, said formerly gilded
Dimensions:
h. 16 cm (6 5/16 in); w. 5.6 cm (2 3/16 in); d. 2.4 cm (15/16 in)
Credit Line:
The Adelaide Milton de Groot Fund, in memory of the de Groot and Hawley families, 1976
Accession Number:
1976.63.2
  • Description

    This small statuette of Harpokrates was found in the catacombs of the Falcon Complex in the Sacred Animal Necropolis at North Saqqara, where offerings made in the shrine were buried after an undetermined period. Inscribed material suggests this branch of the catacombs was sealed in about 89 B.C., dating the statuette to that time or earlier. In such a context the donation of a statue of Harpokrates-or "Horus-the-child"-is certainly connected to the fact that the falcon was the sacred animal of Horus.

  • Provenance

    Excavated North Saqqara, Egypt by the Egypt Exploration Society, 1969-1971. Acquired by the EES in the division of finds. Given by the EES to the Museum for its contribution to the excavations.

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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
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